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Storm damage impacts local sports

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

By Chris Pobst

sd_sports@yahoo.com

SIKESTON -- The recent weather madness has not only affected thousands of homes in the area but has also wreaked havoc on the local sports scene.

Many schools are still in the dark in their gyms and in their knowledge about when they will play basketball again or reschedule missed games due to the weather. Though, some schools are fairing better than others and are continuing to play as early as today or Wednesday, others have no idea as to when they will be back in school or play their next basketball game, which is making rescheduling missed games a very hard thing to do.

The Sikeston Bulldogs will make up their game against the Kelly Hawks on Thursday while they will also have to make-up a conference game against Jackson that was scheduled for last Tuesday. Currently the Sikeston Field House is being used as a shelter for those with no power.

No information about when the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs would start back could be found.

The Dexter Bearcats will for sure be back in action on Saturday when they will face the Richland Rebels in the first round of the Stoddard County Conference Tournament.

As for the No. 1 ranked Lady Bearcats in Class 4, they will play the Kelly Lady Hawks on Thursday for their next game.

The Charleston Lady Bluejays will take on the Oran Lady Eagles on Thursday for their next game back while the Bluejays will take on the Jackson Indians on Friday and will attempt to reschedule a game with the Malden Greenwave sometime in the near future.

The Kelly Hawks will start back tonight when they travel to Scott County Central to take on the Braves while the Kelly Lady Hawks will play Neelyville tonight as well at 5 p.m. at Kelly High School. The Lady Hawks are also planning on rescheduling a game with Cairo, Ill., on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Both the boys and girls squads at New Madrid County Central are hoping to get back to playing sometime next week with power outages being in abundance in the surrounding area.

The Oran Eagles will take on the Bell City Cubs on Friday for their first game back, while the Lady Eagles took on Chaffee on Monday night. They will play Charleston on Thursday.

The Portageville boys and girls teams both have no idea when they will be back on the hardwood. Meetings between school officials are supposed to take place sometime this week to determine when they will go back to school and start playing again.

Information concerning both the girls and boys teams from East Prairie could not be found.

The Richland Rebels are hoping to be back in school on Thursday and if power is restored at Risco High School by Friday, those two schools will meet. If not, the Rebels first game back will be against Dexter on Saturday.

Because of the lack of power, the Risco Tigers have missed three conference games in the last week. It is not yet known when those games will be made up.

Scott Central will host Kelly tonight and will attempt to make up their game with the Chaffee Red Devils in the near future.